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Ontario police: Don't stop to help highway ducks

"Any driving behavior that puts other motorists in danger is a problem," Ontario police said in a statement.

By Ben Hooper
Ontario police: Don't stop to help highway ducks
Ontario Provincial Police said motorists who spot ducks or other animals in danger on the highway should call 911 instead of getting out of their cars, as this woman did. SensDagwood/YouTube screenshot

OTTAWA, May 21 (UPI) -- Ontario Provincial Police warned motorists not to emulate the behavior of a woman seen stopped on a busy highway to rescue ducks on the concrete median.

A motorist on Highway 417 in Ottawa about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday captured dashboard camera footage of a woman with a red sport-utility vehicle stopped on the median shoulder of the westbound lanes of the highway while collecting ducks from the concrete median barrier and placing them in a green plastic bin.

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Police were called to the scene, but the woman and the ducklings were gone by the time officers arrived.

"Any driving behavior that puts other motorists in danger is a problem," police said in a statement. "It is the responsibility of Ontario motorists to direct their attention to driving safely."

Police recommended drivers call 911 instead of getting out of their cars if they see animals in danger or posing a hazard to motorists.

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